In this folder are resources that have been developed or located to assist early care and education teachers in meeting the Reaching for the Stars criteria. Reaching for the Stars is the name of Oklahoma’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The Reaching for the Stars program was designed to assist programs in improving the care and education provided for children, raise the professional development level of Oklahoma’s early care and education teachers, and increase parents’ awareness of the importance of positive practices in early care and education.
These resources include examples, templates, and information that individuals can use to help meet Reaching for the Stars criteria at the various Star levels. Please note that these resources are simply examples to assist in knowing what is expected or to get started in developing items that meet the individual needs of each program; none of these resources are required for use exactly as they are here. Feel free to use these examples and modify them to meet your unique needs. These examples are also not exhaustive—programs may develop and use other methods that meet Stars criteria. When questions arise as to whether something meets specific Star criteria, Child Care Services Licensing Specialists or QRIS staff are available to assist with these questions.
The QRIS resources are organized into two major files, one for Family Child Care Homes and one for Child Care Programs. These major files are broken into sections based on the sections of QRIS policy: OAC 340:110-8.4 Compliance, 8.5 Administrative, 8.6 Master Teacher/Primary Caregiver Qualifications, 8.7 Professional Development, 8.8 Learning Environment, 8.9 Family Engagement, and 8.10 Program Evaluation and Accreditation. Inside each section of QRIS policy are examples, templates, and/or information related to that area of Star criteria.